Friday's showers, which cancelled most of the events scheduled for the evening, gave way to almost perfect weather on Saturday. With Seven car and motorcycle shows on tap for the central Ohio area, classic car owners had lots of choices where to spend their Saturday afternoon.
I chose to attend the Hilliard Historic Village Car show hosted by the Empty Pocket Cruisers. The show was held at Weaver Park on the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
The show offered the traditional door prizes and 50/50 raffle. It also offered a unique "Participation Raffle". Every car owner that registered for the show was automatically entered in a raffle to win a dollar amount equal to the number of registered vehicles. With the show registering 111 cars, trucks, and bikes, one lucky owner went home $111 richer.
Wednesday afternoon The Inn at Olentangy Trail held its first ever car show. For those that may not know, the Inn is an assisted living facility for senior citizens off of Rt 23 just across from Menards.
The show was held from 4 pm to 7 pm. Registration was $10 and all proceeds went to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Hot dogs, chips, corn on the cobb and drinks were included with registration.
The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride 2017 Tour made a stop on Saturday at Cruisin Classics Auto Sales for their 11th show of the season.
Despite the extremely warm temperatures, 76 vehicles turned out for the show.
Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts team in conjunction with Crusin Classics raised more than a $1000 for the USO. Great job!
UPDATE: Jack Maxton has posted photos from the cruise-in to their Facebook Page.
Jack Maxton Chevrolet kicked off the first of their four monthly cruise-ins on Friday evening.The dealership has been holding these monthly Chevy only car shows for 26 years.
The third Friday in June, July, August and September the Maxton team moves all the cars from the west and front sides of the dealership to make room for the cruisers. There's live music, a DJ, 50/50 raffle, food truck and t-shirt raffle. Registration is free. The t-shirt raffle costs $5 for a chance to win $150 and $50. Maxton gives out more than 70 awards each show.
Despite the 90 degree temperatures on Friday, 250 vehicles registered for the cruise-in. An estimated 50-75 more cars and trucks showed up that didn't register. Read more
The humidity and potential threat of showers kept a few folks home this week. Fifty-six vehicles turned out for week four of the Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery cruise-in.
A number of cars made a first time appearance this week.
The central Ohio car show season kicked into high gear this weekend. There were shows in no less than seven area cities. These cities included Bellefontaine, Bucyrus, Columbus, Dublin, Marysville, Newark and Reynoldsburg. I have reports from three of the shows.
Another beautiful Thursday evening for a cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio. Attendance was down a little from last week but still very good with 69 registered vehicles.
As usual, all sorts of tasty goodies and a $30 Der Dutchman gift card were raffled off at the end of the cruise-in.
Here are some of the vehicles that stood out from week three's cruise-in.
The wood parts of this 1950 Ford Woody were absolutely gorgeous.
These two Oldsmobiles were new to the cruise-in and both looked to have been recently restored.
The frame off restoration of this '55 Chevy Bel Air was completed about four years ago.
All in all, another fun Thursday evening at Der Dutchman.
The nice weather from Thursday continued into the weekend.
Friday evening I spent a few hours at Freddy's restaurant in Delaware, Ohio for the monthly cruise-in hosted by the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware.
Thirty-one vehicles turned out for this month's cruise-in. There was music from the 50's and 60's, a 50/50 raffle, and several door prizes. The winner of the 50/50 went home with $75.
Cabela's Charity Car Show and Cruise In
On Saturday the Capital City Corvette Club hosted their charity car show and Cruise In at the Cabela's store on Gemini Place.
Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio held its first cruise-in of the season last Thursday, but heavy showers kept most everyone away except for seven hardy souls who showed up to say Hi to friends they hadn't seen since last year.
This week's cruise-in was a completely different story. The perfect weather gave a great excuse for everyone to bring out their cars and hang out with other car enthusiasts for a few hours on a Thursday evening.
I wasn't able to do any "judged" shows this weekend because of family committments. However, I did manage to hear from a friend who attended the 79th Annual Memorial Day Fish Fry & Car show in Lithopolis, Ohio that was hosted by the C-Town Cruisers.
The show had 172 vehicles register for the event. This was most ever in the show's 79 year history.
I contacted Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders, president of C-Town Cruisers, to see if he had any photos from the event. He replied that things were going so quickly he didn't have time to write anything down. With 172 cars and trucks, I can imagine the day was a bit hectic.
With that said, here's what my friend was able to report:
The show gave out 44 awards, a Best of Show, Mayor's Choice, and the rest were class "Favorites".
A 1947 Plymouth DeSoto received Best of Show, and Mayor's Choice went to a 1967 Corvette.
If you attended the show and took any photos, please feel free to send them to email@example.com. I'd love to post them to the website.
Don Splitstone has posted photos from the show.